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My name is Barbara and I still remember making photographs in film at the ripe age of eight! Yes you heard right…my mother was a portrait photographer in Cuba and as soon as she could get her hands on a collection of Kodak film cameras here in the U.S., she snapped away. I was fortunate to have such a wonderful source of inspiration and photo education, as well as a beautiful model to photograph as my mother was also a stunning model and performer! I cherish the many photos I took of my mother. In Junior High School, the spark was reborn when I volunteered as the Yearbook and Staff Photographer. I continued thereafter to photograph the schools sports teams, yearbook, the faculty and contnued there on into my early adult years as a Photojournalist for a local Spanish-Speaking publication in the San Francisco's Mission District.
I am passionate about photography but what ignites my vision and my passion is my interaction with subjects. I am thrilled and honored when called to share in intimate events of a family be it weddings, portraits, or other milestone events. As one of my photography mentors once said “there is no such thing as a perfect picture, only a perfect moment!” I believe this whole heartedly! Your photographs are heirlooms and my goal is to document it as a beauitful time and place in your families lives. Thank you for inviting me to share in making those moments into photographs for you.
I grew up in Lafayette, CA and considered it home when living somewhere else. My family is very artistic and I grew up shooting pictures – I’ve always loved it, and always received compliments on my work. In 2001, I became a photographer’s assistant at YJM Photography where I studied the art of photography under Yves Mozlesio. This was real life training and I shot over 35 weddings with Yves.
Taking on a select number of weddings per year, I combine a traditional approach to my style and shoot candidly at the reception, giving what I term, “the perfect balance” of images that clients want.
While each wedding is different, the basic principles of shooting wedding images remain the same. I am consistently producing high quality images that are colorful, bright and in sequence telling the story. My images are not trendy, but timeless and technically worthy of preserving your memories forever. Using beautifully posed and exposed formal family images and soft romantic candids, the couples story becomes easy to tell.
In 2005, I shot my first Bar Mitzvah. I had such a wonderful experience that I began to focus my business. I enjoy the role of family historian, capturing family portrait during such a momentous event. A mentor once said that everyone should exist in photographs, and I believe that. It is not just for us, it is for our children, and their children. The amount of study required for a Bar Mitzvah is a serious undertaking; the acceptance of the religious responsibilities of an adult is a true milestone. I consider it an honor to record that accomplishment.
I started my adventure as a Photographer 21 years ago when my first child was born. It was then, that I discovered my passion in the art of photography, which has inspired me to become a family portrait photographer.
My portrait style is traditional and timeless, capturing moments is essential however posing and lighting is key and I have an extensive background and value every moment a family spends together, so I'm always anticipating and capturing the moments. My belief is the best images are the ones that feel natural to the client, with a little of my fine-tuning.
In my spare time, I love to work in the garden, enjoy my farm-style home which is full of too many animals, spend time with my children and husband who has always encouraged and believed in me as a photographer.
Oh! I should mention I love to release a hearty laugh and have no problem putting people at ease, beautiful photography starts with the relationships between the photographer and you!
I started photographing weddings in 1994. Although styles and expectations have changed since I started, my basic philosophy hasn’t. That is to find out what my client wants or likes and strive to accomplish their desires. I believe good communication and attitude is an important part of wedding photography. Along with good lighting, posing and creativity.
On your wedding day I naturally capture as much candid emotion and vivid detail as the day will allow, using a more fun but traditional approach to blend formal and family photographs. The resulting images become storybook and ideal for your album layouts. Before even picking up a camera my main intent lies in establishing a relationship with you—sharing your visions and designs, and to listen to your questions and concerns.
I'm currently in my tenth year of photographing both eastern and western weddings, and still retain the love and excitement for every event. I have experience shooting weddings inside and outside of California and travel has always added to the allure for me. I'm creative, resourceful, dependable, artistic and very adaptable to style or circumstance— My photography can easily shift between intimate and formal, however my preference lies with the candid and contemporary. I'm easy to work with and pride myself in the ability to work without being intrusive. Our engagement session is a great way to begin our working relationship. When your wedding day arrives, we can look forward to already being in a comfortable and trusting place, anticipating the excitement that awaits you, your family, and your friends on your special day!